Jane Fonda Gets Candid On Her 'Woke' History, Celebrating 60 Years Since Vogue Cover

Left: Jane Fonda photographed by Irving Penn,  Vogue , July 1959; Left: Fonda in 2018, photo credit Getty Images.  via Vogue US

Left: Jane Fonda photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, July 1959; Left: Fonda in 2018, photo credit Getty Images. via Vogue US

Bridget Read interviews Jane Fonda about 60 years of activism , looking totally fab in her 80s and her first Vogue cover shot by master artist Irving Penn in July 1959.

We learn that Fonda actually worked for Irving Penn for a year, acting as his assistant at age 19. How thrilling! The Vogue cover shoot was a year before the actor’s first film ‘Tall Story’. She was wearing lipstick-color gloves available at Saks Fifth Avenue and a “spice brown” rinse in her hair.

Jane was studying at the time with Lee Strasberg and assigned to the Eileen Ford Agency as a model to pay for her acting classes. “If you had told me at that time that at age 81 I would again be on the cover of Vogue, I would’ve told you you were out of your mind, that that was completely and utterly impossible,” Jane tells Briget Read. Fonda continues:

My image of women was that they were victims and not very powerful, and my dad didn’t encourage me, or make me feel I was attractive. I mean, everything was a surprise to me. I was surprised that I got cast in a movie. I was surprised that I was ever accepted as a model at Eileen Ford’s agency and surprised that I ever ended up on the cover of Vogue. So my life has just been one big surprise for me.

It fact it wasn’t Jane Fonda’s visit to Angela Davis in the Marin Couny Jail that propelled her into activism. Nor was it her ‘radical’ husband Tom Hayden’s state assembly campaign in California. Fonda became an uber progressive in Paris, hanging with American GIs who had served in Vietnam. They had become resistors and gave the blooming model a book to read by Jonathan Schell called ‘The Village of Ben Suc’. There was no turning back after reading that book.

This interview gets better and better, as Fonda and Read discuss what it is to be ‘woke’. Read on at Vogue.

US Women's World Cup Soccer Jersey Shatters All Men's Records | NIKE Now #1 Bra Seller In US

Women’s Soccer marches forward with escalating fanfare, breaking a new record at Nike. The world’s great sports brand Nike has sold more USA Women’s World Cup jerseys in its online store than it has any other soccer team shirt in the same season. Business Insider reports that the sale includes men’s kits and jerseys from teams like Brazil and Barcelona.

“The USA Women’s home jersey is now the No. 1 soccer jersey, men’s or women’s, ever sold on Nike.com in one season,” said Nike CEO Mark Parker. “The exposure is driving outstanding sell-through in kits, high-performance bras and lifestyle extensions,” he added, stating that Nike is now the biggest seller of bras in Northern America for the first time in the brand’s history.

Take that gut punch, Victoria’s Secret. WWD is posting the stat, also. Nike said ‘bras’ not ‘sports bras’. Incroyable!

Paid less than their male counterparts, US Women’s Soccer is now in litigation with the league. For at least 5 years, the women have been pointing out — to no avail — that they are bringing in the bucks for US Soccer, but don’t get the pay.

In June 2016, a federal judge ruled that our world champion US women’s soccer team didn’t have the right to strike to seek improved conditions and wages before the Summer Olympics. AOC wrote Saturday that word is that soccer honchos have finally agreed to go to arbitration with the women.

What they lack in money, the USA women’s team has cultivated a celebrity fan base, including Jessica Chastain, Uzo Aduba, Jennifer Garner, Eva Longoria and more. Many of these actors and celebs are funders of the Time’s Up initiative which is calling out the gender pay gap between the women’s and men’s soccer teams.

According to Time’s Up the U.S. girls’s soccer group are constantly ranked primary on this planet and outperform the boys’s group in terms of victories, home viewership and identify recognition. Despite making tens of millions of {dollars} for the U.S. Soccer Federation, they’re nonetheless paid much less. “So the US women’s team is the best in the world and the men’s team gets paid more? #TimesUpPayUp,” Jessica Chastain wrote on her Instagram tales.

Chastain was not alone among the Time’s Up founders women who are riding shotgun on the male butts of the US Soccer Federation.

(Left to right): Uzo Aduba, Jessica Chastain and Eva Longoria join Natalie Portman and Jennifer Garner

(Left to right): Uzo Aduba, Jessica Chastain and Eva Longoria join Natalie Portman and Jennifer Garner

MacKenzie Bezos Joins Gates & Buffett 'The Giving Pledge', Sharing Half of Her New Fortune

Photographed by Norman Jean Roy

Photographed by Norman Jean Roy

There aren’t many solo images of MacKenzie Bezos out there. Even though the mom of four is a successful writers and played her own roll in the formation of Amazon, almost all images of MacKenzie include her husband Jeff Bezos.

Vogue US interviewed one of the world’s richest women in 2013 in advance of her “gripping new novel Traps”. The interview by Rebecca Johnson describes MacKenzie as a “bookish and she” girl who spent hours in her bedroom writing elaborate stories. She attended first Hotchkiss and then Princeton, a very deliberate choice that gave her access to writer Toni Morrison. One of America’s most important voices became Bezos’ mentor and called her in 2013 “one of the best students I’ve ever had in my creative-writing classes . . . really one of the best.” It was Morrison who made the all-important recommendation of Amanda “Binky” Urban as a literary agent.

Now that she’s divorced, Johnson’s Vogue interview is even more interesting, describing the couple as two very different people who have created a sensational marriage. Enough said on that topic — except that Money Magazine says that MacKenzie made the first move, asking Jeff to lunch.

Shown from left are the speakers at the Nov. 2018 Princeton ceremony dedicating Morrison Hall: MacKenzie Bezos, Class of 1992, who studied with Morrison; Morrison; Ruth Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University who helped recruit Morrison to Princeton; and Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber. Photo by Nick Donnoli, Office of Communications

Shown from left are the speakers at the Nov. 2018 Princeton ceremony dedicating Morrison Hall: MacKenzie Bezos, Class of 1992, who studied with Morrison; Morrison; Ruth Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University who helped recruit Morrison to Princeton; and Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber. Photo by Nick Donnoli, Office of Communications

MacKenzie Bezos made big news this week, taking an action very different from her ex-husband’s. Jeff Bezos is not known for his largess, his philanthropy or his civic activism. MacKenzie plans to live a different life. He was very outspoken about declining to sign the Giving Pledge, a commitment by billionaires to dedicate the majority of their wealth to giving back, The Giving Pledge was created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010. Jeff Bezos joins them as three of America’s five richest people and the only one not to sign the Giving Pledge. Note that only 7 percent of the world’s billionaires have signed the Giving Pledge.

Mackenzie Bezos is not one of them, signing a pledge to give at least half of her $37 billion in assets to charity, writes ELLE US.

“We each come by the gifts we have to offer by an infinite series of influences and lucky breaks we can never fully understand. In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share,” she said in her statement, obtained by Bloomberg News. “My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty.”

It will be interesting to watch Ms.Bezos bloom in her own right., joining Laurene Powell Jobs and Melinda Gates as yet another woman with a seat at the big boys table.